Advanced Battery Test Engineer

about 1 year ago
Full time role
Bristol, England, GB... more
Bristol, England, GB... more

Job Description

Why work with us? 

We are breaking the boundaries and pushing our commitment in the EVTOL world by Changing the way the world travels. Our mission is powered by pioneers and progress is our prerogative.  

Here at Vertical, we are developing the UK’s first fully electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL), the VX4. With zero-operating emissions. Vertical is transforming the way people travel through offering a faster, safer and greener way to move.     

Founded in 2016, Vertical is a leading aerospace and technology company, with the largest global pre-order book with prestigious airline partners such as Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines, and our exceptional partner ecosystem includes the likes of Rolls-Royce and Honeywell. 

My Impact as an Advanced Battery Test Engineer

You will join the Powertrain team, a world class team, comprised of leading aerospace and technology thinkers as well as some of the finest engineering talent. Of course, you will possess or be able to rapidly adopt a passion for sustainable aviation and it’s benefits for both society and sustainability.

What success will look like for the Advanced Battery Test Engineer:

  • Support planning, delivery and reporting for battery testing activities that are associated with mechanical, thermal and electrical performance of the battery assembly and its sub systems so that they are delivered on time and on budget. Examples of which are:
    • Long term electrical cycling
    • Battery abuse testing (drop, thermal runaway, crush, short circuit, mechanical shock)
    • Battery vibration testing
    • Characterisation testing for the development of new simulation models.
    • Ground equipment testing which is associated with the battery assembly.
    • Battery management system testing
    • Battery cooling system testing
  • Support the development of internal test procedures and standards through engaging with the wider battery team and business.
  • Robustly record test methodology and results for certification authorities and the wider business to review
  • Support and lead the scheming and designing of electrical systems required to enable various test activities, this can cover HV and LV networks/systems of the battery assembly.
  • Perform risk assessments of testing activities and ensure the right measures, documentation and measures are in place, whilst being a role model of the company’s safety-first culture.
  • Support the planning, development, and delivery of new battery test facilities.
  • Mentoring others within the company to ensure knowledge is shared
  • Supporting and leading (where necessary) test operations at third party facilities away from normal operating base and when required to travel and work extended hours
  • Supporting the development of requests for information and requests for quotation for testing services and equipment from third party providers.
  • Support the definition of requirements for the battery system and battery associated group equipment
  • Support and lead the writing of technical documentation for the aircraft
  • To undertake live working on high voltage battery assemblies in support of pre and post test inspections, instrumentation and system analysis.

Everything sounds very interesting but how do I know this is the role for me? 

We are looking for people that will have the following qualifications and experiences: 

  • Problem solving skills and can-do attitude
  • A background in test development and / or battery test development
  • An understanding of testing methods, instrumentation/calibration requirements, health and safety considerations, data acquisition and certification based activities
  • A demonstrable track record and technical skills to plan, coordinate, and delivering test procedures, rigs and solutions
  • Experience of establishing and maintaining relationships with numerous internal and external stakeholders
  • Experienced with standard laboratory and workshop tools as well as high voltage working
  • Competent with data loggers and CAN systems such as Dewesoft, Vector (Canalyizer, CanNoe etc.), PICO, Lab View
  • Experience certifying a product
  • Experience in requirements management
  • Program management skills – such as timing plan creation and stakeholder management
  • Experience of designing cell or module or battery test procedures and interpretation of test result
  • Experience of designing, specifying and building mechanical and electrical test rigs
  • Knowledge / appreciation of cell, module and battery pack design and assembly
  • Competent with Microsoft Applications and IT proficient
  • Fluent English language skills - excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Qualification and experiment requirements (must have):
    • Engineering or Science degree (BEng or higher)
    • At least 3 years experience in a high tech test engineering environment
    • At least 3 years experience of working with electric vehicles


What can you expect from us?  For us it is important that people feel valued for the impact they have and are able to thrive and experience the career journey of a lifetime. Our overall approach to reward seeks to offer competitive packages that attract the diverse and talented people we need to achieve our ambitious objectives 

Our Vertical Additional Benefits  

  • ‘Primary Benefits’ are available as standard, 5% Pension Match, 2 x Salary Life Insurance, Income Protection, 26 days + bank holiday and the opportunity for extra 5 days when getting married or forming a civil partnership 
  • ‘Flex Fund Benefits’ are benefits that don’t come as standard, but you can ‘pay’ for using a company provided ‘Flex Fund’ (equal to 4% of salary) Private Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, EV Car Subscription, Home EV Charger, Holiday Buy, Pension Top Up, and many more
  • ‘Payroll benefits’ Workplace ISA, Commuter Loan, Interest Free Technology Loans
  • ‘Extra benefits’ are the many benefits we offer that can be accessed through our rewards platform, incl. Discounted Shopping Scheme, Eye Care Benefits, Free Mortgage Advice, Financial and Comprehensive Wellness Benefits
  • Eligibility to participate in our market leading employee long-term-incentive plan 

Our Ways of Working In the UK we have two offices and a Battery facility in Bristol, an office in London and a site in Kemble with well stocked free kitchen provisions including hot drinks, fruit and breakfasts every weekday. Our typical full time working week is 37.5 hours. We recognise the world of work is rapidly evolving and that 9-5 is no longer a fitting pattern for many. We want to support all employees to deliver their roles to the best possible standard by offering an additional level of flexibility between our sites and home where suitable for your role. Typically, this is agreed with your team, ensuring there are times for collaboration on site and work from home as appropriate.  

Do you like the look of this opportunity but not sure if you meet all the criteria we’ve outlines? Here at Vertical, we are working to create an environment of growth, diversity and opportunities for people to take on challenges and push the status quo. 

We understand some people may not apply to jobs unless they tick every box. If you're excited about joining us and think you have much of what we're looking for, even if you're not 100% sure... we'd love to hear from you.   

This is an on-going advert and interviews will be held on an ad-hoc basis until sufficient applications have been received. 

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